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Those who lived in the district more than 20 years ago might recall our tiny space on 470 N. Lake Street. By the 1990s our quickly growing district needed a bigger space and the people passed a referendum that funded the building on Midlothian Road, which provided 70,000 sq. ft. with room to grow. A large building allowed us to expand our material offerings: we have added more books, but also DVDs, Blu-rays, videogames, graphic novels, board games, hands-on kits, Rokus, mobile hotspots, telescopes, and more! A new building has given us a dedicated program space for youth. We expanded our story time programs to include programs for babies up through age 5, our monthly teen events became very popular, and we have provided science, technology, art, music and movement programs for all ages. Our computer lab offered a way for us to teach computer classes during the advent of cell phones and tablets and over the course of 3 major changes to Windows. Our 2nd floor meeting spaces have been used by community groups as well as the library to offer innovative and engaging programs for adults. While the interior of the space continues to adapt to serve the needs of the district, we look to our projects in 2021 to replace lighting and carpeting. In the next few years we hope to finally finish the space that was meant for growth “in 20 years” back when the building was created. The pandemic may have shown that the core of the library is still its collection and its helpful staff, which we have proven can be used remotely (and programs enjoyed virtually), but it has also made us aware of just how much the community appreciates being able to come in and use the building for study and socializing. We eagerly anticipate the time that we are able to fully open the building again. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are giving away a free Fremont mask to each Fremont cardholder who visits the library in January, whether for curbside or inside (if possible). Limit one per person while supplies last; adult and youth sizes available.


To register call 847-566-8702 or go online to fremontlibrary.org and click “Events Calendar”

ADULT ONLINE PROGRAMS Sourdough Starters with Andrea Pracht

Monday, Jan. 11, 7:00pm

Andrea Pracht talks about all the recent hype around sourdough breads, how to get started with sourdough, and shares recipes. R

The 1956 Sinking of the SS Andrea Doria

Raising Calm, Resilient Kids in an Anxious, Fickle World

Monday, Jan. 18, 7:00pm

Lecturer Jim Gibbons dives into the tragic events in July, 1956 when the SS Andrea Doria collided with a Swedish ship and put 1,600 lives in peril, rocking maritime history.


Sister Aimee: The Story of Aimee Semple McPherson Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7:00pm

Barry Bradford discusses the many puzzles in the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, the first radio evangelist in America, known for her looks, charisma, & mysterious kidnapping. R

How Genocides Begin Monday, Feb. 22, 7:00pm

A genocidal event requires years of preparation and persuasion. Dr. Emilie LeBeau Lucchesi uses written accounts to explain the progression of communication that leads to genocide. R

Psychotherapist Regina E. McCarthy teaches ways to reduce anxiety, feel calm and focused for your children and yourself. R

Beginner's Chinese Calligraphy Workshop Saturday, Jan. 30, 2:00pm

In this class, Jojo Liu will teach you the art of traditional Chinese calligraphy: how to hold a brush, write basic strokes, and write standing. R

Facebook 101

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 3:00pm

Mike Gershbein teaches the basics about how to use the most popular social network to stay in touch with friends, share photos and video, follow organizations and causes, and more. R

Black Suffragettes: Then and Now with Audra Wilson

The Roots of Black Music in America

Audra Wilson highlights Black suffragettes who were essential to winning the vote for all women and how their work resonates with current efforts toward racial justice. R

Guitarist Karlus Trapp performs a 100 year journey back through time to hear, experience anew, and learn about the music of America’s black musical giants. R

Monday, Feb. 8, 7:00pm

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 7:00pm

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7:00pm

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Billy Joel: The Piano Man Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:00pm

Gary Wenstrup uses video clips to trace the arc of Billy Joel's career from his rise to fame to his current status as one of the world's most successful touring acts. R

Is the Book Always Better Than the Movie? Monday, Feb. 1, 7:00pm

At long last, get the answer to the age old question, “Is the book always better than the movie?” (Spoiler—no, it isn't!) R

Trivia Night!

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7:00pm

Actress Debra Ann Miller portrays poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning as she shares the story of her courtship and elopement with her husband and the famous sonnets they inspired. R

DIY Valentine's Day Postcards

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:00pm

Monday, Feb. 15, 7:00pm

Join us for a fun night of Trivia with questions from a variety of subjects! The winner will receive a prize. R

Senior Connections Fridays at 10:30am Jan. 8: Fentanyl, Inc.

by Ben Westhoff Feb. 12: The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd Selections are available on Hoopla, or place a hold on the physical copy through our catalog. R


Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The Story of the Sonnets

Instructor Shari Pontillo shows us how to use simple supplies and techniques to create beautiful postcards for our Valentines. Register to reserve your supply kit. R

Great Books

Saturdays at 10:00am Jan. 30: The Art of War

by Sun Tzu Feb. 27: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois Great Books is a monthly book discussion of enduring works of literature and history. R

To register call 847-566-8702 or go online to fremontlibrary.org and click “Events Calendar”

Grades 6-12

Teen Advisory Board Monday, Jan. 4 & Feb. 8, 4:00pm

Grades 6-12. Join us on Zoom! Give your opinion and help brainstorm teen programs and more to earn a service hour. Registration and email address is required to get the Zoom link. R

ACT or SAT Practice Test Saturdays, Jan. 9 & Feb. 6, 12:00pm

Grades 9-12. Preparing for the ACT or SAT test? Take a VIRTUAL free practice test, from C2 Education at home. R

How to Pay for College Without Going Broke Wednesday, January 27, 6:30pm

Explore the complex world of financial aid. Get tips, and learn strategies for lowering your Expected Family Contribution, which will increase your financial aid eligibility. R

How to Reduce College Costs

Winner will receive a $10-25 gift card to a place of their choice. Check our Events Calendar for more details.

Teen Winter Photo Contest Dec. 21- Jan. 10

Take a wintry photo and send it to us!

Teen Writing Contest Jan. 4- Feb. 28

Enter in one of three categories: Poetry, Short Story, or Essay/Memoir.

Teen "Nailed It!" Contest February 1-14

Try an at home version of the Netflix Show, “Nailed It!� and then send us the resultgood or bad! Registration optional for a kit, while supplies last, via the event on Feb. 1. Registration open Jan. 15-26.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30pm

Young Adult Book of the Month: Grades 9-12

Teen Take & Make: No-Sew Fleece Pillow

Jan. Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

This webinar introduces little-known financial strategies parents can use to reduce college costs, Learn tools not addressed at other college planning seminars. R

Friday, Jan. 15

Grades 6-12. Want to get cozy this winter? Make your own no-sew fleece pillow with this kit. Registration and email required. Registration will close on 1/10 in order to prepare the kits. R

Teen Contests

Feb. American Royals by Katharine McGee Read 4 books from our monthly selections, and get a free book!

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20 Years on Midlothian!


Preschool Winter Animals Storytime

Let It Snow Storytime Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10:00am

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 10:00am

Recommended for age 3-5 years. Sing, create, and read along with Ms. Rachael on Zoom! Register to receive instructions for picking up a craft kit and a Zoom link. R

Recommended for age 3-5 years. Celebrate the snowy skies with stories, songs, and rhymes. Mr. Joel will demonstrate a snowflake craft with simple household materials! R

Dinosaur Storytime Monday, Feb. 8, 10:00am

Star Wars Storytime

Recommended for ages 2-6. Stomp, roar and play along with Ms. Shelby at this storytime about all things Dinosaurs. Siblings welcome. Register to receive a Zoom link. R

Monday, Jan. 18, 10:00am

Recommended for age 3-5 years. Sing, play, and save the galaxy along with Mr. Joel and your favorite Star Wars characters! R

Food Fun Storytime

Baby Storytime

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10:00am

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10:00am

For babies under 24 months. Cuddle up with your little one for gentle bounces, rhymes, and stories with Ms. Shelby. R

Recommended for age 3-5 years. Enjoy crunchy, munchy, yummy songs and stories with Ms. Katie! Register to receive a Zoom link R

Dance Party Storytime Saturday, Jan. 30, 10:00am

Recommended for ages 6 and under. Get moving with Ms. Katie at this active storytime and dance party! Register to receive a Zoom link. R


Early Literacy Brain Builder

Jan. 31: Process Art

Feb. 28: Animals

Ages 3-5 years. Talk, sing, read, write, and play with your preschooler to build their literacy skills! Email and registration required for this take-home kit. R


To register call 847-566-8702 or go online to fremontlibrary.org and click “Events Calendar�


School Age Solitaire Chess Challenge

Tuesdays, Jan. 12 & Feb. 9, 4:30pm

Grades 3 and up. Work as a team to solve solitaire challenges with chess pieces! Zoom link will be shared via email before the event. R


Monday, Jan. 18, 1:00pm

Grades K-5. Show and tell your LEGO builds and try some building challenges! Register to receive a Zoom link. R

Family Book Club: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Lafayette! Thursday, Jan. 21, 5:30pm

Recommended for grades 3 and up. Join us for a book discussion online with the whole family. Include an email address when registering to receive a Zoom link and one free book per family. R


Feb. 26: Sound Booster

Grades K-5. Explore and create a project at home with STEM To-Go! Register for instructions to pick up your kit. R

Go-Go Craf t

Jan. 31: Fluffy Slime

Feb. 28: Friendship Bracelets

Recommended for grades K-5. Go beyond the basics with next-level crafting ideas and tutorials! We will notify you via email when your craft kit is ready to pick up! R


Monday, Feb. 1

Families with children Grade 5 and under. Registration optional. Register by 1/26 to receive a Decorating Kit. Try an at home version of the Netflix show "Nailed It!" Submit a photo by Feb. 14. R

Candy Club

Show and Tell

Jan. 22: Ziplines


Monday, Feb. 15, 1:30pm or 4:00pm

Grades K-2. Try some new and familiar candies and share sweet stories on Zoom. Call the Youth Desk to register. One candy bag per family. R

Family Bingo Night

Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30pm

Families with children of all ages. Follow along with Ms. Cathy for a rousing round of BINGO! Register for zoom link and kit instructions. Registration closes 2/18 to prepare kits. R

Youth Book of the Month: Grades 3-6


The One and Only Bob  by Katherine Applegate

Lock and Key: The Initiation by Ridley Pearson


Read 4 books from our monthly selections, and get a free book!! A Young Adult Book of the Month selection, recommended for grades 9-12, is also available monthly. Readers in grades 7 or 8 may choose to read either Young Adult or Youth Book of the Month selections, depending on their preferences and reading level.

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Library Hours

Monday to Thursday 10am – 8pm Friday & Saturday 10am – 5pm Sunday 1 – 5pm

Library Closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

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Wild Ones

Wednesdays, 7:00pm Jan. 6: Soil Carbon in Natural and Restored Lands Feb. 3: Alternatives to Conventional Lawns R

The Friends & Foundation extends its gratitude to all who donated to the library as part of our Annual Giving Campaign. Donors will be recognized in the next newsletter. When the building re-opens for browsing, please shop from the Nook underneath the stairs. Items are replenished regularly and are quite a bargain!

Guided Meditation & Chair Yoga

Genealogy Interest Group

Join instructor Isabel Raci, C-IAYT, online for a gentle session of guided meditation and chair yoga. R

Our Genealogy Librarian will be on Zoom to answer your questions and help you with your searches. R

Thursdays, 11:30am

Wednesdays Jan. 6 & Feb. 3, 10:00am


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